UW Rowers Competing Around the World This Weekend

July 25, 2002

Seattle - Washington has sent a healthy contingent of rowers to the 2002 World Under 23 Regatta being held July 26-28 in Genoa, Italy. Recent Husky graduates Chris Hawkins, Matt Deakin and Kara Nykreim along with current student-athletes Sam Burns, coxswain Ryan Marks and Heidi Hurn make up the squad that features more athletes from UW than any other university.

In all, USRowing is sending five crews to the regatta, including women's double sculls, women's pair, women's four, men's pair and men's eight to the event, also known as the under 23 world championships. Racing begins Thursday at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

Hawkins and Deakin are both in the men's eight that will be coxed by Marks. All three men were in the Huskies' varsity eight that won a bronze medal at the 2002 IRA Collegiate National Championships in June. Deakin is making a second appearance with the U.S. eight that won a silver medal at the World Regatta last year. Marks is a former junior national team member while Hawkins is making his first appearance in a U.S. boat.

Burns, who was also in the UW varsity eight in 2002, will be competing in the men's pair.

In addition, Washington has a group represented at the USRowing National Championship Regatta being held on the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey, July 24-28. Sophomore-to-be Margaret Henry is competing in a pair along with Stanford rower Missy Fiesler. On the men's side, Andy Derrick and Ian Sawyer are in a pair as well as Jeff Jorgensen, who won a gold medal in the four at the 2002 IRAs, and Chris Callaghn from Oregon State.

More than 1,500 competitors will be competing for national titles in 111 events during the five-day regatta. National champions will be crowned in the elite, senior, intermediate, and junior categories. Heats and repechages take place Thursday starting at 7 a.m. Friday's racing begins at 7:30 a.m. with the first 21 finals taking place on Friday afternoon beginning at 5:00 p.m. Finals continue on Saturday and Sunday. Racing begins at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and approximately 8:00 a.m. on Sunday.

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